It is so hard to believe that 2015 will soon be ending! Our weather here in the north has been mild so far, but I am sure that cold temperatures, snow and ice will be part of my life following the New Year. I look forward to flying south to the 37th National Conference on Pediatric Health Care, March 16-19, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta. Since it is the season of giving, consider giving yourself a gift and join me. Let me share with you some of my favorite conference highlights to help you plan your itinerary.
It is hard to believe that the holidays are quickly approaching, and Thanksgiving will be here in just a few days! The history of Thanksgiving, including the original 1621 meal shared by Pilgrims and Indians, has evolved over time and is full of interesting facts!
Happy Nurse Practitioner Week and happy anniversary NPs! Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the nurse practitioner movement makes this year’s NP Week (Nov. 8 – 14, 2015) even more special. In 1965, Loretta Ford partnered with Dr. Henry Silver at the University of Colorado to create an educational opportunity for registered nurses to expand their training in pediatric primary care and fill critical gaps in rural areas desperate for providers. Their pioneering leadership launched the nurse practitioner movement, which continues to grow and thrive.
This blog is dedicated to our 48 local NAPNAP chapters and one e-chapter across the United States. Run by local leaders, NAPNAP chapters host meetings, offer networking and educational opportunities, and stand as the “home-base” for most of our members. Chapters interact in many ways with their communities, donating funds to charities that provide services to children and families, aligning with schools to provide support for athletes or offering health care through volunteering at clinics.
PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center is an organization founded in 2006 to provide resources for students, parents, educators and others about the seriousness of bullying and the impact it has on many aspects of student and family life. To educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention, PACER identified October as National Bullying Prevention Month. Today there are many available resources for anyone who interacts with preschool and school-aged children, especially kids who may be victims of bullying.
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness month! In 2010, President Obama marked this month as a time to highlight the need for action to help children combat obesity through proper nutrition and daily exercise. The First Lady introduced Let’s Move, an initiative to provide helpful information to parents and foster environments that encourage children to make healthy choices. There has been quite a bit of energy around the issue of childhood obesity, which despite research, recommendations and overall awareness, continues to be a problem.
Do you recall the song, “I Can’t Say No,” from the musical, “Oklahoma” by Rogers and Hammerstein? The original Broadway production opened in 1943, and the film was released in 1955. Although my knowledge of this award-winning musical can suggest my age, the song is truly my theme song! I still have difficulty saying “no” to anyone for anything, whether it is personal or professional! In fact, many nurses feel obliged to say “yes” to overtime, taking the extra patient or staying late at the office for that last sick child of the day.
On August 17, the state of Maryland mourned the passing of a pediatric icon. Lenny Robinson, a 51-year-old man who dressed as Batman, drove a Batmobile, and brought joy and excitement to pediatric patients, families and staff at the hospital where I practice, died in a tragic accident. Even though Batman’s real identify was mostly unknown, his “undercover” work did not go unnoticed. In the same vein, you, our NAPNAP members may not be nationally or locally renowned, but we are grateful for the, often unnoticed, work that you do for children every day!
August is National Breastfeeding Month and National Immunization Awareness Month. Breastfeeding our infant children and immunizing them as they develop and grow are critical to our country’s overall health and well-being. Read more about important breastfeeding and immunization initiatives and find out how you can get involved!
Always up for an adventure, when invited to participate in “Germ University” in New York City, I quickly accepted the challenge – but then was a bit confused to find out that I would be “speed dating” with “bloggers.” I thought they knew that I was happily married! Well, adventure offers learning, so I decided to forge ahead and find out what this was all about.
I am honored, excited and (honestly) a bit nervous to move into the role of NAPNAP president for 2015-2016. I follow a long list of highly qualified and talented individuals, including our immediate past president, Mary Chesney. So, what are the previews for this coming year?
This is my last post as NAPNAP’s president. Beginning July 1, Cathy Haut will become NAPNAP’s 39th president. As I reflect on this incredible year, I am filled with a deep sense of gratitude. It has been such an honor and privilege to serve as your president and to represent NAPNAP at various meetings and conferences this past year.
This year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the nurse practitioner movement. In 1965, our nation experienced sweeping social and healthcare reforms including the signing of the Voting Rights Act into law, the launch of Medicare and Medicaid, and the first nurse practitioner training program established by pediatrician Henry K. Silver and public health nurse Loretta Ford at the University of Colorado.
A number of medical professional groups including the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have gone on record to state that physicians should lead all PCMHs. As patient advocates, I believe we must challenge their claim. In today’s blog, I provide rationale for this challenge and encourage you to let your voice be heard on this issue by submitting a comment to my post.
It’s national Nurses Week! From May 6 – May 12, we honor nurses across all specialties and all areas of practice. The week culminates on the birthday of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, and in her spirit, we celebrate the dedication of all nurses and advanced practice nurses to providing the highest quality care to their patients. You now have the opportunity to celebrate your mentor through NAPNAP's Mentors Matter program.